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The Warning Signs
2004-04-11 11:47
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

Good for the Dodgers that they've won four out of five against NL West competition, critical because it's in the division and because it's not the best group in baseball.

As I look deeper into the box scores, here's what concerns me at the outset.

Season totals:
Shawn Green: 2 walks
Paul Lo Duca: 2 walks
Adrian Beltre: 1 walk
Alex Cora: 1 walk
Juan Encarnacion: 1 walk
Cesar Izturis: 1 walk

Lo Duca and Beltre are hitting with authority, and Izturis has his .300 average (all on singles). But when the batting averages normalize, walks need to be drawn to sustain the offense.

On the plus side, Dave Roberts has five walks and Milton Bradley has three. Five NL teams have drawn fewer walks so far, including the Barry Bonds-led Giants. Bonds has five, and Marquis Grissom, of all people, has four. The rest of the Giants has six combined.

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